Monday, March 2, 2009

But look at this one! And a free pattern for you!

Here is my miniature version of the antique quilt pictured in my posting below. It was a fun project to work on during my snow day. Because I wanted to rotary cut it, rather than using templates, I fudged the dimensions a bit to simplify measuring and cutting. So- the patches are not true golden rectangles, but they are close.

To make this little quilt, which measures approx. 17 1/2" x 19 1/2", you will need two fat quarters (a fat quarter measures approx. 18" x 22") plus one 1/8 yard piece of fabric. Non-directional prints work best. You will also need a 20" x 22" piece of low loft quilt batting and a 20 x 22" piece of backing fabric.

Label one of your fat quarters Fabric A, the other one Fabric B. Your 1/8 yard piece will be Fabric C. In the quilt above, A is the medium fabric, B is the light one, and C is the dark fabric.

Cut 4 strips 1 3/4" x 22" from Fabric A for outer borders
Cut 27 pieces 2" x 3" each from A and B
Cut 10 pieces 2" x 1 3/4" from A only
Cut 2 strips 3/4"  x width of fabric (approx. 40-44") from C for narrow inner border
Cut 2 strips 1 1/8" x width of fabric (approx. 40-44") from C for binding

Referring to photo above, join 2" x 3" A and B rectangles into pairs. Join 3 pairs into a strip. Add a 2" x 1 3/4" rectangle to each strip. Press seams toward the darker fabric.  Stitch rows together so alternate rows begin with the smaller A rectangle. Press all seams in one direction.

To add inner borders, measure the length of your quilt top vertically down the center. Cut two 3/4" C pieces to that measurement. Stitch one to each side, press seams out.
Measure the width of your top across the center, Cut two 3/4" C pieces to that measurement. Stitch to top and bottom of quilt, press seams out.
Measure, cut, and stitch outer border pieces from A fabric in this manner.

Layer and baste your quilt top, batting, and backing. Quilt as desired (I free motion machine quilted a simple loop and leaf design- click on picture to enlarge). Bind. Quilt can be displayed either horizontally or vertically.

Happy quilting,
Barbara Chojnacki
Six Gables Designs

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